Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a potentially debilitating condition that some people develop after experiencing a shocking, scary or life-threatening event, such as a natural disaster, war, serious accident or violent assault. People with PTSD can be severely affected for a prolonged period following the event.
Overview and Symptoms
People who have PTSD may feel "on edge" or frightened even when they are not in danger. They may be easily startled, have angry outbursts and be uninterested in enjoyable activities. It is common for people with PTSD to re-experience the traumatic event through flashbacks and nightmares. People may isolate themselves by avoiding anything that reminds them of the event, including places, people and activities.
The primary treatment for PTSD is psychotherapy and medication to help individuals learn skills to control their symptoms and lead a more fulfilling life.
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